I’m kind of confused by this short story. Which, honestly, often happens when I read steampunk stories. There are so many layers to the worlds that are created in such a few words, and it becomes both an amazing world to dive into, and one which is almost impossible to actually understand. The fact that the narrators voice straddled two worlds (the Empire and the sleepy beach town) helped to add to this amazingly intricate and intriguing complexity.
I wasn’t expecting this as the beginning to an anthology of steampunk short stories. I thought that the collection would start with, well… an actual short story. Instead it started with a great insight into how the genre of steampunk has grown and expanded over the years. Mentions of some of the famous large names in the genre and just a great insight into some of the themes and messages that are carried throughout.